Career Staff

Mike Long

Mike Long

Fire Chief

Mike came to us in 2003 initially to help GLFPD through a rigorous ISO audit and quickly became our first paid fire chief. He has a Bachelors degree in finance from CU and Masters degree in Executive Leadership, also having graduated from the prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program offered by the National Fire Academy in Maryland. With over 20 years in the fire service and 35 total in emergency services, Mike is also an active flight instructor, mountain biker and sailor, not to mention the very proud father of Rachael, now a marketing consultant in the Seattle area.

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Blake Mertz

Blake Mertz

Lieutenant

Believe it or not, Blake got an even earlier start in his fire service career than Colin did, as a 13 year old Explorer in Monument Colorado. Blake has classes towards his Fire Science degree from Pikes Peak College. At 19 Blake was hired on as a paid firefighter in Monument. Simultaneously, Blake worked as an Emergency Room Technician in Colorado Springs to build a very broad experience base as an EMT. Blake was hired onto GLFPD as a career firefighter in 2014 and is currently in charge of our EMS program and the Resident Firefighter program.

Mike Arntson

Mike Arntson

Engineer

Having joined GLFPD as a volunteer in 2009, and then being hired into a full time firefighter position in 2014, Mike has been very active with our organization since day one. Bringing his vast knowledge of construction and mechanics to GLFPD, Mike has been instrumental in keeping our apparatus and facilities running well. Along with the other paid staff, Mike is completing a one year Fire Officer Development Program hosted here in the County. Mike’s wife Sarah and daughter Evie are a huge part of Mike’s life here in Grand Lake.

Cheryl Dale

Cheryl Dale

District Administrator & Public Information Officer

Cheryl has been a volunteer with Grand Lake Fire since 2010, initially running our firefighter accountability system and functioning as an aide to the Incident Commander, later as our Public Information Officer, Webmaster and EMT. Cheryl was instrumental in seeing our 2015 Community Wildfire Protection Plan revision completed. Cheryl was hired in August 2015 as our District Administrator and came to us with 14 years of experience as a Compliance Manager for Hewlett-Packard. She loves cooking for Board meetings and department trainings and continues to serve as a volunteer responder.

Colin Steward

Colin Steward

Lieutenant

Colin began his fire service career at age 16 as an Explorer here in Grand Lake having served as a volunteer with GLFPD since 2002.

He advanced to become a resident firefighter, then a volunteer officer, and is now a full time career firefighter and Training Officer and was promoted to Lieutenant in October of 2017.

Colin has worked for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, as a contractor underneath the Department of Homeland Security and more recently for Halliburton. Throughout, his dedication to Grand Lake Fire and the community we serve has been unwavering.

Mark Piller

Mark Piller

Lieutenant

Mark was with Grand Lake Fire for just 3 years as a volunteer and was hired on into his current career firefighter position in January of 2016.

Prior to coming to Grand Lake, Mark spent 20 years in the Grand Canyon as a river guide and then as river ranger for the National Park Service, where he was involved in numerous medical evacuations and technical rescues. In Mark’s short time with GLFPD, he has earned Wildland Firefighting, Incident Command, First Aid and Ice Rescue certifications and was promoted to Lieutenant December 2016.